COLUMBUS, Ohio -- No. 7 Ohio State won six of 10 matches, including momentum-swinging wins at 184 and 197 pounds, to knock off third-ranked and defending national champion Penn State on Sunday. With the win -- Ohio State's first against Penn State since 2010 -- the Buckeyes improve to 5-3 and 1-1 in the Big Ten. Penn State is now 6-1, 2-1.
Holding a precarious 16-12 lead following a pin at 174 pounds by fourth-ranked Matt Brown of Penn State, redshirt junior Kenny Courts picked up a key 4-2 decision against Matt McCutcheon at 184 pounds to give Ohio State a 19-12 advantage. Courts' victory came on the strength of an escape to start the third period, a takedown with 1:40 left and over two of riding time.
Sunday's match started at 125 pounds and Nathan Tomasello made sure the Buckeyes fans had plenty to cheer about. He jumped out to a 7-1 lead at the end of the first period with two takedowns and a three-point near fall. Tomasello continued to apply pressure to Jordan Conaway in the second period, scoring an escape and a takedown for a 10-1 lead heading into the third period. Tomasello's final point came on riding time and the major decision gave Ohio State a 4-0 lead.
Johnni DiJulius lost a hard-fought 5-4 decision to Jimmy Gulibon at 133 pounds, but redshirt senior Logan Stieber pinned Kade Moss in 2:51 at 141 pounds to give Ohio State a 10-3 lead. Stieber is now 13-0 on the year with five falls. Not to be outdone, Logan's brother Hunter picked up his first win of the year, a 7-2 decision against 17th-ranked Jake Beitz. H. Stieber scored an early first-period takedown and then another with just 19 seconds left in the first for a 4-1 lead. Beitz escaped in the second to make the score 4-2, but Stieber finished the period with a takedown at the buzzer for a 6-2 advantage.
At 157 pounds, Josh Demas suffered his first loss of the season, a 3-1 sudden victory decision for eighth-ranked Dylan Alton. After a 10-minute intermission, Bo Jordan got Ohio State back on the winning track with a 10-6 decision against Garett Hammond. Jordan, 7-0 on the season and 30-0 in his career, took a 4-1 lead after the first period on the strength of two takedowns. In the second period, Hammond tied the score at 4-4, but Jordan responded with a takedown at the 25-second mark. In the third, Jordan escaped for a 8-5 lead and then with 30 seconds left scored the match's final takedown for a 10-6 advantage.
Sunday's win against Penn State marks the highest-ranked opponent Ohio State has knocked off since a 21-9 victory against No. 2 Iowa on Jan. 20, 2012.